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4 November 2020
At a meeting held on the picket line on 30 October, workers at bus manufacturer Optare in Sherburn in Elmet, Leeds voted to escalate their ongoing strike action in their long-running pay dispute from two days a week, to four days a week, starting from 16 November.
1 July 2020
Plastic waste pollution is one of the biggest challenges facing society. So why the lack of enthusiasm by the government to curb manufacturing practices that generate tonnes of it which leech into the air, waterways, oceans and food?
31 March 2020
In Northern Ireland virtually every manufacturer continued to operate as normal following the coronavirus lockdown, which led to rising confusion and then mounting anger
19 June 2019
Following a series of mass meetings on 12 June, Unite members at the Ford plant in Bridgend decided overwhelmingly to fight the closure of the engine factory, writes Alex Wedlake, Unite Young Members national committee (personal capacity).
12 June 2019
The announcement that Ford Bridgend is to close is the latest in a series of blows to manufacturing workers.
20 February 2019
Thousands of jobs at plane manufacturer Airbus are under threat after the company announced it is ending production of its A380 passenger jet after failing to secure orders from the Emirates airline and others
16 November 2018
31 October 2018
Film review: The plan that came from the bottom up: 'The plan that came from the bottom up' is a new film about the 'Lucas Plan', developed by shop stewards at Lucas Aerospace in the Midlands in 1976, to make socially useful products rather than armaments used to kill people.
27 April 2018
27) That is not to suggest, as the capitalist remainers do, that the crisis of British capitalism is caused by Brexit
7 March 2018
The closing line of Theresa May's speech - "now let's get on with it" - will have led to jeers of frustration from any workers listening.
24 January 2018
A rapidly growing mountain of plastic waste is polluting the world's land and oceans
18 October 2017
Arms manufacturer BAE Systems has announced that up to 2,000 jobs will be cut in locations across the UK. These job cuts will have a devastating effect on the lives of workers losing their livelihood but will also have a wider impact on the local economy.
6 October 2017
A trade dispute is threatening thousands of Bombardier jobs in Northern Ireland.
30 August 2017
The ideas of Trotsky's 'permanent revolution' are more applicable in China today in the struggle to transform what is a unique form of state-capitalist dictatorship
10 July 2017
Ballot papers go out at the end of this week to Bridgend Ford workers
25 January 2017
Only socialist planning can end profit-driven pollution: There is strong evidence that 2016 was the hottest year on record. Meanwhile, in 2017, part of London breached EU limits on annual hours of toxic air in just five days
30 November 2016
Editorial of the Socialist: Tory Chancellor Phillip Hammond's Autumn Statement estimated the cost of the Brexit vote at £59 billion - to come out of the pockets of working-class people.
10 August 2016
Trade unions like the bakers' union (BFAWU) exist to defend and extend the rights of workers This is why Samworth Brothers, one of Leicestershire's biggest food manufacturing companies, is trying to bully their employees at Kettleby Foods into backing-down from their perfectly reasonable demands for collective bargaining rights.
15 June 2016
Taste for socialism at union's 2016 conference: GMB congress passed key motions on no-cuts budgets and steel, but unfortunately backed Trident renewal and the EU Remain campaign.
20 April 2016
A demonstration of the role of a Marxist in the workplace: There were 612 strikes recorded at British Leyland's Cowley plant in 1969 - workers today will be as amazed at that figure as the bosses were horrified by it then.
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